Return to the Paint Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
mixing paint for a more 'complex' color

Posted by lakehouse_2010 (My Page) on
Tue, Oct 26, 10 at 19:43

I'm choosing a lot of whites and light colors for my walls. I'm using P&L accolade. I was wondering if it makes any sense to mix a couple of colors together for a more "complex" color ala Donald Kaufman. So instead of having 3 colors in a mix, I'd have up to 6.

Also, does it make sense to mix a the white (or the new "mix" ) I'm using in most of the rooms with a little of the light blue I'm using in a couple of rooms for a ceiling color that ties things together?

I really don't know a thing about paint so I appreciate your help.


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: mixing paint for a more 'complex' color

Designer Mario Buatta, a.k.a. The Prince of Chintz, has spoken of mixing Benjamin Moore's White and Linen White. 50/50 for his idea of a *perfect* white. Keep in mind you can mix in small quantities to experiment. Don't have to dump two quarts into a bucket just to see what the 50/50 mix will look like.

As far as going from 3 colorants to 6 colorants in the combined mix, there's whole lotta color mixin' conversation to be had about that one. Technically, yeah, you are combining into one mixture the total amount of colorants from each paint color.

After that point, however, is where it gets more complicated.


 o
RE: mixing paint for a more 'complex' color

I'm not sure if you can extrapolate from fine art painting to house painting, but students studying art are told to try to mix the exact color they need from the fewest number of different paints -- and no more than three different ones (plus white). The more you add, the likelier you are to get "mud." Nuanced colors are nice but they can quickly slip downhill into mud if fussed with too much. You can neutralize red with green to get a cooler color that is still warm and if you keep going you get a nice brown grey. But if you add other colors especially from other parts of the color wheel, you will get mud unless you really know what you're doing.


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Paint Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Please review our Rules of Play before posting.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here